June 16th 2008
GTX260 vs. 9800GX2: The GTX260 finds itself in an interesting position. While it usually falls slightly behind the 9800GX2 in raw FPS, one must not forget that the 9800GX2 relies on profiles and AFR for its performance. When you take these things into account, it becomes difficult to recommended the 9800GX2 over a single GTX260. Other advantages offered by the GTX260 include being equipped with the more reasonable 2ea 6 pin connector configuration as well as the reduced power requirements. While short of the GTX280's 1GB configuration, the GTX260's 896MB of memory is far above the 512MB limitation suffered by the 9800GX2, which will allow it to pull ahead in certain situations, such as Crysis, at High Settings. The GTX260 retails for $400US, which further puts the 9800GX2 in a difficult place. With all these factors in mind, we will not be at all surprised to see the 9800GX2 quickly phased out.